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On the basis of “public concern,” David Lisnard, the mayor of Cannes, France, banned burkinis on the beach. This happened shortly after the Bastille Day attacks in Nice, leaving 85 people dead.

The burkini ban reads as follows:

“Access to beaches and for swimming is banned to any person wearing improper clothes that are not respectful of good morals and secularism.

“Beachwear which ostentatiously displays religious affiliation, when France and places of worship are currently the target of terrorist attacks, is liable to create risks of disrupting public order.”

Human rights organization Amnesty International challenged this ban, stating that not only does it violate women’s civil liberties and rights, but also it stigmatizes France’s Muslim minority. John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s Europe director, demanded:

“French authorities must now drop the pretense that these measures do anything to protect the rights of women. Rather, invasive and discriminatory measures such as these restrict women’s choices and are an assault on their freedoms of expression, religion, and right to non-discrimination.”

Forty percent of the women who buy burkinis are not even Muslim.

In 2010, France banned full and partial face coverings, in addition to burqas and all full bodysuits.

Despite the court overturning the burkinis ban, over 20 mayors in France refuse to lift the restriction.

SOURCE: The Guarduian | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty, Instagram


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